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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Dec 7, 2006 2:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Bad Songs

U.S. Blues is just a good old basic rock'n'roll song. In its early days it could pop up almost anywhere in a show but by the late 70s it was usually regulated to the encore slot. I especially liked the high energy, often sloppy, "rowdy-but-right" versions of the early-mid 80s.

I actually thought it was one of their better "regular" encores- ended the evening on a light, upbeat note as sort of a flip side to the more relaxed, contemplative closing vibes of "Baby Blue" or "Brokedown."

The tune I never liked was "El Paso". Whether coming out of massive 1972 "Dark Star" or standing alone, I always thought this was the worst tune, cover or otherwise, in the band's catalog (at least until some of the mega-lame 90s tunes like "Shoe Fits" "WTGH" "Samba" etc).

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Poster: willowgordon Date: Dec 7, 2006 3:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Bad Songs

Hey deadmax, there's a review of that Duke "US Blues" in this thread:
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=84133

Never been a big fan of the song, but that particular version is now on my "to do" list.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Dec 7, 2006 5:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Bad Songs

Thanks Willow, I'll go check it out. If its the Duke show I have, it is a tremendous show.

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Dec 7, 2006 5:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Bad Songs

check out the 6-23-74 miami,for a kick ass u.s. blues out of dark star spanish jam.aud. version is still avail. believe it if ya need it!or leave it if you dare! peace